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By TheophileEscargot (Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 03:31:23 PM EST) Reading, Listening, Museums, MLP (all tags)
Reading: "The Language of Bees", "Cinnamon Kiss". Watching: "In Time". Museums. Me. Links.


Reading
Have been through a couple of mysteries lately but couldn't really get into them. Not sure if I'm not really in the mood for them.

The Language of Bees by Laurie R. King is a "Mary Russell" mystery, set in the twenties Mary Russell is Mrs Sherlock Holmes, solving crimes with him.

Seems very well-researched, good feel for the period, only a couple of minor Americanisms (Southland). Thought there was a bit of a Mary Sue feel to Mary Russell though. The storyline doesn't come to much of a conclusion either.

Might be better if you start at the beginning of the series, but didn't really work for me.

Listening
Listened to the audiobook of Cinnamon Kiss by Walter Mosley. Part of the "Easy Rawlins" series about a black Californian PI, this one has Rawlins encountering San Francisco hippies in 1968.

Again, I struggled to get into this one, though I liked a couple of the earlier entries I read. Found the need-money-for-sick-daughter plotline a bit mawkish and too familiar. Seemed to be a bit too full of interminable descriptions of meals and ominous dreams.

Watching
Saw In Time at the cinema. Science fiction thriller with an nice premise: in the future everyone is potentially immortal, but time is a currency: everyone has a life-clock on their arm, so the rich can live forever but the poor struggle to earn enough for the next day's life.

Not brilliant, but pretty decent: the clever premise and stylish retro-futuristic cars are great, the thriller elements a bit daft and clichéd, and the idea isn't really thought through.

Museums
Saw the Postmodernism exhibition at the V&A. Good exhibition, mostly concentrating on design as you'd expect. Has a lot of good material from funky teapots and chests of drawers to lots of classic Eighties costumes. The whole exhibition functions pretty well just as an exercise in Eighties nostalgia, with plenty of pop videos on loop, often with the costumes next to them.

Worth seeing.

Me
Bit busy. Taking Girl B to meet the parents this weekend, then we're going on a Eurostar mini-break to Brussels for three days the weekend after.

Links
Socioeconomics. Job carnage as firms give up on recovery (find this pretty disturbing as David Smith is usually pretty optimistic).

Pics. Now and Then (NSFW). Hairless mutant raccoon.

Articles. Shakespeare and Verdi (long but excellent).

Politics. No evidence for digital economy act. David Frum, Jonathan Chait on US political problems.

I'm Asking MeFi for 11 minute entertainment for 5BX workouts.

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The Language of Bees by sugar spun (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 04:18:27 PM EST
I think that's a two-parter, with The God of the Hive as the second installment.

Agreed on the Mary Sue, but I quite like them.


Now and then by Vulch (4.00 / 3) #2 Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 04:21:03 PM EST
Love the Berlin Wall one...



Girl B?? by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #3 Wed Nov 23, 2011 at 02:37:20 PM EST
Meeting the parents and a dirty weekend, shouldn't she be girl A?

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